Dutch police secretly installed keylogging software on computers allegedly belonging to the man accused of harassing and extorting BC Amanda Todd before she took her own life, the court heard.
Aydin Coban, 43, pleaded not guilty to five counts, including possession of child pornography, communication with a youth to commit a sexual offense and criminal harassment of a high-profile case.
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Marten Busstra, a forensic digital investigation expert and former member of the Dutch National Police child exploitation unit that was flown to BC to stand up, continued to testify on Friday.
The defense asked Busstra about a secret police group that broke into Coban’s bungalow in Oisterwijk a month before he was arrested in January 2014.
Dutch witness testimony continues the harassment trial of Amanda Todd
The team installed keylogger software that records all types of a person. Police immediately removed the software from the devices, before Busstra conducted digital forensics, the court heard.
Busstra testified that he did not know if this procedure was normal.
Early Friday, the court heard a complete list of items seized from the cabin at De Rosep bungalow park.
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The more than 80 items include multiple hard drives, computers, webcams, directional Wi-Fi antenna, USB stick and Dutch passport in Coban’s name.
On Thursday, Busstra described finding an operating system favored by hackers and designed to investigate network security vulnerabilities on a laptop seized in the cabin where Coban was arrested.
He also confirmed that the laptop user had recently run command devices that could “misuse network devices,” and “gain unauthorized access. “at Wi-Fi access points, and that he found a USB drive with a” manual “on how to use such devices.
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The Crown tried to prove that Coban used more than 22 online accounts in what it described as a joint “sextortion” campaign against the youth between 2009 and 2012.
Prosecutors allege that Coban took video of Todd flashing his breasts, then tried to use it to blackmail him into making pornographic movies for him. Crown said he also sent the material to his family, friends and the school community.
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The case depends on the identity of the online extortionist. Coban’s lawyers said there was no question that Todd was a victim of the crimes, but the question was who was behind the teen’s messages.
The defense argues that it is easy to manipulate information online, and that there should be evidence beyond a reasonable doubt as to who is at fault.
Todd died by suicide in 2012 at the age of 15. A few days later, he uploaded a video that went viral, in which he quietly held up flashcards detailing incidents of online bullying and harassment.
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